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Its combined worldwide membership is estimated to be between six and a half and eight million composing more than 25,000 congregations throughout the world. Elder Carter called for a Church trial before the COGIC General Assembly and Judicial Board according to the Constitution of the COGIC. On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I've Been To The Mountaintop" speech, at Mason Temple Church Of God In Christ in Memphis. It was reopened in the early 1990s under the administration of Bishop L.H. ", COGIC teaches that sanctification is a continuous operation of the Holy Spirit, by which he "delivers the justified sinner from the pollution of sin, renews his whole nature in the image of God and enables him to perform good works". B. McEwen was elected chairman of the executive board, and O.T.  After testifying to being sanctified, members of the church referred to themselves as "Saints," believing that they were set apart to live a daily life of Christian Holiness in words and deeds. A visionary, she spearheaded the establishment of the multi-million dollar Hale Morris Lewis Manor, a senior citizen complex in Los Angeles, CA. COGIC Home; About; Contact; Assistant General Secretaries; Secretaries. It had a membership of more than 400,000, who supported more than 4,000 churches. COGIC became a major force in the collective Black Church and worldwide Pentecostal movement. They are the largest department in the COGIC. Z. His pastor and mentor was Bishop F. D. Washington of Brooklyn, NY. She was the Jurisdictional Supervisor of Women for California Northern First Jurisdiction. $12.00. General Secretary – Bishop Joel H. Lyles, Jr. Chairman of the General Assembly – Bishop Lemuel F. Thuston. COGIC considers any physical, sexual relationship outside of the sanctity of marriage to be outside of the sovereign will of God and unbiblical. During the formative stages of COGIC, Bishop Mason organized departments to further support the work of the church as it continued to grow and expand. A Jeter and D. J. Nurses Aid Ministry – nurses taking their skills to the mission field. On June 5, 1951, he selected Bishop A. Owens and became known as AIM (Auxiliaries in Ministry). Bishop Mason was pivotal in licensing and credentialing both white and African-American ministers, who spread the Pentecostal message and planted new churches. According to its 1973 Constitution, the church has two structures to govern the church: civil and ecclesiastical. Green. Today COGIC operates the All Saints Bible College in Memphis, the C. H. Mason system of bible colleges, and the C. H. Mason Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. Many Holiness Christian groups and fellowships forming at the time wanted biblical names for their local churches and fellowships, such as "Church of God, Church of Christ, or Church of the Living God". The Department of Evangelism was officially organized on a national level by Overseer L.C. Young were appointed as a committee by C. P. Jones to investigate reports of a revival in Los Angeles, California that was being led by an itinerant preacher named William J. Seymour. Mason was influenced by the testimony of the African-American Methodist evangelist Amanda Berry Smith, one of the most widely respected African-American holiness evangelists of the nineteenth century. Nigeria alone has 19 bishops and more than 2000 churches. COGIC teaches the deity of Jesus Christ, his virgin birth, sinless life, physical death, burial, resurrection, ascension and visible return to the earth. During the tenure of Bishop G.E. The court ordered the church to convene a constitutional convention in February 1968. Her life story led many African-Americans into the Holiness movement, including Mason. Historically, women in ministry in COGIC are known as "Missionaries" and are designated in two categories: Deaconess Missionary, and Evangelist Missionary. The seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and is part of a consortium of the Interdenominational Theological Center. During the 1950s and 60s, during the height of the civil rights movement, COGIC ministers and congregations played host to many significant events. She organized the sewing circle and after meeting Elder Searcy, she encouraged the women to support mission work through the Home and Foreign Mission bands. At its first convocation held in 1897, the group identified simply as the "Church of God." During his administration, Battles organized Regions to oversee evangelistic ministry in various regional areas across the country. There are more than 200 ecclesiastical jurisdictions around the world, with 170 in the United States. As African Americans migrated north and west to industrial cities during the Great Migration, he began to establish COGIC churches in the north and, especially after 1940, in the west. He referred in his sermon to gay men as "sissies", "perverted and lost", and said, "If you want to feel like a girl; I wish God would give you the monthly of a girl; I wish He had you bleeding out of your butt. She developed the role of the State Minister of Music and traveled the world conducting seminars and workshops perfecting the quality of choir music, their performance, appearance and demeanor, and the COGIC sound. G. E. Patterson established the Temple of Deliverance, the Cathedral of Bountiful Blessing which grew to become the largest Pentecostal church in Memphis with over 14,000 members. Later, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, ironically known as the "godmother of Rock and Roll," expanded and highlighted the COGIC sound to the greater American public in the 1930s and 1940s. As a result, many local congregations, foreign missions, and schools were established through the leadership and efforts of women in COGIC. Bishop Nathaniel Wyoming Wells, Prelate, Western Michigan - General Board Member. Thereafter, missionaries were sent to Africa and the islands of the Caribbean, Asia, and elsewhere. During the current administration of Presiding Bishop Charles Blake, COGIC unveiled its Urban Initiatives Program to provide 60,000 programs nationwide through its more than 12,000 congregations to continue to promote the work of civil rights, and to reduce poverty, crime and violence, etc. It was destroyed by fire in 1936. Certifies, with the Jurisdictional Prelate, delegates to the General Secretary for participation in the General Assembly representing SW3. In Chicago, Ford organized voter registration initiatives. Sin was transmitted to humanity when Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden, as a result all men have original sin. , COGIC teaches that man was created perfect and sinless in the image of God as a tripartite being having a body, soul, and spirit. Witness Bishop Jewel Withers get registered during the April session of the General Assembly.  Mason stayed in Los Angeles for five weeks and his visit to the Azusa Street Revival changed the direction of the newly formed holiness church. The Holy Spirit is the agent that equips, empowers, leads, and guides the church until the return of Christ. In 1916, a few white churches were organized as a white branch of COGIC. EVENTS. As previously stated, COGIC although predominately black, had a significant white membership during its first decade of existence, with a number of white ministers holding leadership positions in the church. Later in 1897, while in Little Rock, Arkansas, C. H. Mason believed that God had given him such a name for the group, the "Church of God in Christ". Mother Jennie Bell Dancy Jones of Arkansas became the first National Field Representative under Bishop Patrick. The school closed in 1977 after her death, as it struggled financially in a period when some families were choosing integrated schools for their children. Official Title Committee Position First Name Initial Last Name Suffix Chairman Bishop Lemuel F. Thuston Vice-Chairman Bishop Jerry L. Maynard Sr. General Secretary Bishop Joel H. Lyles Jr. Asst. Supervisor Irene Oakley#, pastor, supervisor, bishop's wife, Mother Louise Patterson, evangelist, former first lady and wife of G.E. OTHER SETS BY THIS CREATOR. She established a high school and gained accreditation for it, and then for the junior college which she founded on campus. The first general secretary of COGIC was Elder William B. Holt, a white minister. As a Presiding Bishop whose earlier service had spanned a history of many social and cultural changes, Ford emphasized a return to the historic foundations or, as he described "The Old Landmark" of early COGIC practices and traditions. Clinton is the only US president to have addressed a COGIC convocation at Mason Temple. COGIC does not teach that Spirit baptism is the same as salvation. Ford, as Saints' Academy, a private co-educational grade school. The racial climate in the post WWI years, when there was high competition for jobs and housing and violent unrest in many cities in 1919, would not sustain this relationship. , COGIC teaches that angels are messengers sent from God who served during the creation, throughout the Old Testament, the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, the establishment of the church and the ministry of the apostles, and continue to be at work in the Kingdom of God. He also constructed the new multimillion-dollar Deborah Mason Patterson Hall at the campus. COGIC is the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States. When she died in 1945, she had laid an impressive foundation for the women's ministry in COGIC. C. P. Jones and those Holiness leaders who did not embrace the Azusa Revival experience continued as Holiness churches. COGIC teaches that because God uses conception through and after sexual reproduction and intercourse to create human life, that willfully aborting a human fetus is contrary to God's Word and Christian ethics, and it is considered to be a sin against God and the Bible within the denomination. Bishop Ford also renovated several COGIC structures in Memphis, including Mason Temple. Bishop OT Jones was the second senior bishop of the COGIC for 7 years from 1961 to 1968 who succeeded Bishop Mason. We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross provides healing for the human body in answer to believing prayer. He led a group of students to participate in the March on Selma. , In 2020, the denomination had an estimated 8.8 million members. Nevertheless, women are licensed in COGIC to proclaim the gospel as evangelists. However, in 1996, the umbrella format was revised under the administration of Bishop C.D. The H. A. Goss faction left COGIC to join the Assemblies of God USA. She established new auxiliaries including the International Hospitality Unit, the Educational and Bishop's Wives Scholarship funds, WE-12 and Lavender Ladies. But during the early twentieth century, the Pentecostal movement had rapid growth nationally and attracted racially integrated congregants to its worship services. During the tenure of Bishop J. O. Patterson, Sr. as Presiding Bishop in the 1970s and 80s, Bishop Patterson established several interdenominational Christian schools and seminaries, and helped to establish the World Fellowship of Black Pentecostal Churches and gained COGIC membership in the Congress of National Black Churches as well, a national caucus of Black church denominations that represent different denominations and organizations of the Black Church in America. Mother Rivers also began the "49 and Under" to enlist and focus the younger women of COGIC to remain committed to the doctrine and teachings of the church. The church is thought to have nearly two million members in 7,000 churches on the continent of Africa. He testified to receiving Entire Sanctification after reading her autobiography in 1893. , Mason continued to travel across the nation preaching and establishing COGIC churches. Congratulations and prayers are in order for Texas East's own, Mother Sherel B. Lee on her appointment as the President of the Widowed Bishops Wives Circle.  COGIC regards homosexuality, infidelity, and any other forms of "sexual immorality" that does not agree with Biblical scripture as sinful. E-mail Address: The current General Supervisor of Women is Dr. Barbara McCoo Lewis of Los Angeles, California. A. He continued to build on the department through expansion of the Regional Administration into 10 geographical locations across the country. 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